One goof that crops up so frequently it's easier to
get it out of the way right here concerns the rear airlock doors,
which appear and disappear not only from episode to episode,
but even from shot to shot! The CGI shots of the ship only have
an airlock on the starboard side, but some of the hand-drawn
shots (notably in 1ACV02) have a port side lock as well. So which
That's a damn good question! It's one of those annoying
situations where you see something one episode, but then have
to retcon it away the next. So, for the sake of argument, I'm
going to say that the configuration seen most often (ie, the
CGI footage of the ship in flight) is 'right'.
Space Pilot 3000 (1ACV01)
- No torpedo tubes (or whatever they are).
- Five portholes in the shot where the Professor says "I
suppose it is technically feasible..."
The Series Has Landed (1ACV02)
- Leela must have got the hang of the controls since 1ACV01;
she gets the ship to the Moon in less time than it took her to
clear NNYC airspace!
- When Fry runs excitedly from the bridge, he goes through
the door and heads to starboard. Since the door is already either
quite far over to that side of the ship, either Fry runs slap
into a bulkhead (admittedly possible) or, more likely, there's
a ladder to the other decks on that side.
- The controls for the winch are on a pedestal on the cargo
elevator (the larger, forward section of the belly hatch). Presumably
the elevator controls are as well, although there's a large control
panel on the wall by the forward shutter which may also operate
- The winch can also be operated from the pilot's station.
- Three torpedo tubes in the shot where Leela and Amy watch
the Professor unscrew Bender's head.
- The large warning sign visible on the wall beyond the bridge
entrance in 1ACV01 disappears, never to be seen again. A panel
marking appears in its place, but it doesn't reach to the floor
-- until 1ACV13...
- The ship gets a clearly-visible port side airlock in the
shot where the crate is being loaded.
I, Roommate (1ACV03)
- The engines emit harmful (but hair-enhancing) radiation.
- The engines can be shut off (and presumably activated, since
Fry never goes inside) from outside the ship.
- The lower fins of the ship are hollow, but presumably have
some kind of equipment inside (Amy and Leela are working on something
in the port fin when Fry arrives with a cricked neck).
- The external emergency shutdown button for the engines makes
its one and only appearance.
Love's Labors Lost In Space (1ACV04)
- The periscope-style bridge videophone is used for the first
- The walls of Leela's cabin have a Star Trek-style hexagonal
cross-section. From the direction the stars are moving, her cabin
must be on the starboard side of the ship. (Interesting question:
who is in the picture by Leela's bed, and what book is her choice
of bedtime reading?)
- The ship has an autopilot; it's hard to imagine Leela giving
the controls to Fry or Bender.
- The engine room (housing the dark matter containment chamber)
is aft of the cargo bay, judging from the direction Bender drags
- Several shots of the ship with no torpedo tubes.
- The winch control console has disappeared. (It's possible
that it can be moved around the hold, though.)
- When Leela puts Nibbler into the cargo hold, the ship lowers
its belly to ground level and acquires a brand-new port
side shutter-type door just for this one scene!
- Fry jumps in panic from a hatch that not only has never been
seen before or since, but is also on the deck above the
cargo bay where he was a second before. (It could be some kind
of emergency escape hatch, so I'll give them the benefit of the
- Leela's cabin has an oval, not round, porthole.
- When the crew discover Nibbler has eaten all the animals,
they do so by going from the cargo bay (you can see the cargo
elevator beyond the door) into... the cargo bay? (On the plus
side, the cargo elevator in its lowered position -- when the
crew first set foot on Vergon 6 -- ties in exactly with its first
appearance in 1ACV02, in the scene where Fry and Amy operate
the winch. Somebody at least worked some of this out!)
Fear Of A Bot Planet (1ACV05)
- The ship has windshield wipers. Mind you, why wouldn't it?
(The control isn't in a very convenient place for the pilot,
- The winch in the cargo bay looks like it can only move left
or right along a ceiling track. So how did Amy get bonked
on the head by it in 1ACV02?
- There's a remote control unit for the winch.
Fishful Of Dollars (1ACV06)
Our Favourite Spaceship doesn't appear. Boo!
My Three Suns (1ACV07)
- The galley has a cylindrical cabinet of some kind against
the port wall.
- Considering the small size of the ship, it's got a very
- According to the plans of the ship seen in 2ACV06, the mess
doesn't appear to be adjacent to the galley, which seems a bit
- The hatch leading down from the bridge to the galley is another
(nearly) one-time addition.
- The cargo bay acquires a videophone.
A Big Piece Of Garbage (1ACV08)
- There's a hatch at the top of the stairs on the front landing
leg. Since the leg retracts into the ship, either this airlock
retracts with it or there's some very clever Y3K engineering
Hell Is Other Robots (1ACV09)
- The rear airlock has an outer 'suicide door'.
- The engines are able to pivot to a limited degree to provide
- There's a cobweb in the bridge!
- Despite the battering it takes in the nebula, the ship is
back in perfect shape in time for the trip to Atlantic City.
Amy must be pretty good with a hammer!
Flight To Remember (1ACV10)
Nothing much to report about Our Favourite Spaceship this time,
apart from a very nice shot of it coming in to land.
Another episode with only a few shots of the ship -- though for
a change, they were actually consistent!
When Aliens Attack (1ACV12)
- The ship has a reversing beeper and an auxiliary power system.
- The periscope videophone can be 'steered' by whoever's calling.
- The ship's laser cannon does some pretty serious damage to
the mothersh... er, Hubble, even with Fry at the controls. All
those videogames he played in the 20th century must have paid
Fry And The Slurm Factory (1ACV13)
- There's a second periscope videophone on the bridge, at Fry's
- There's now a door on the corridor wall directly aft of the
bridge entrance. Let's see if it ever appears again...
- The bridge appears to be a lot narrower than in previous
episodes (compare the aft bulkhead to the one in 1ACV02).
Second That Emotion (2ACV01)
Not many opportunities to see the ship in an episode that takes
place largely in NNYC's sewers, it has to be said.
Brannigan Begin Again (2ACV02)
- There's a Star Wars-style holographic chess game in what
appears to be a crew rec room. (Not sure where this might be,
though -- possibly the space aft of the galley, but I need more
- The ship has an "anti-grav pump" that generates
artificial gravity on the deck plates (including the cargo elevator
and forward landing leg).
- There's a roller-type door at the rear of the cargo hold
as well as forward.
- The ship's laundry has a door that can be locked from the
- The ladder to the galley is back! (In a couple of shots,
- The antenna atop the laser turret doubles as a flagpole.
Jeez, where to begin?
- There's a one-shot door to the bridge on the port side aft
of the pilot's station. (In every other episode -- in fact, in
every other shot in this episode! -- the door is on the
- Said door leads from the bridge directly into the cargo bay
two decks below, rather than the corridor which has been visible
in numerous other episodes.
- This newly-repositioned cargo bay runs widthways across the
ship instead of lengthways.
- When the door moves back to its usual starboard side position,
there's initially a large room visible beyond instead of the
normal corridor wall. (Though when Kif takes Zapp's clothes to
the 'laundry brig' and every shot thereafter, everything is back
- The cargo bay -- the real one, on the bottommost deck
-- has gained a rectangular porthole on the starboard side.
- The cargo elevator has rotated through 180 degrees so that
the support struts are now aft rather than forward.
- The bridge has got even narrower than in 1ACV13. (Check out
the scene where Kif is boring Leela - it's now more confined
than Leela's cabin!)
- Leela's control console disappears entirely for several shots.
- The couch disappears as the ship approaches the Neutral planet.
- The ship has gained a second Dark Matter Containment Unit
since 1ACV04 (though this could admittedly be an upgrade), and
there's a new door leading out of the port side of the engine
room. (It's hard to think to where exactly, though it
could provide access to the interior of the fins.)
Head In The Polls (2ACV03)
The ship only appears briefly -- nothing of note to report!
No interior scenes, but an absolutely superb CGI flyby as the
ship cruises through NNYC in the snow before coming in to land
-- kudos to those graphics bods, they excelled themselves this
Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love? (2ACV05)
- Zoidberg's medbay appears for the first time.
- The 'classroom' also contains several vending machines (for
coffee, snacks and Slurm).
Lesser Of Two Evils (2ACV06)
- It's retcon time! That oversized, non-circular porthole in
Leela's cabin in 1ACV04 is now... a mirror! Which means that
the view of space it was reflecting in that episode must have
been through one really big porthole... This leaves it
unclear which side of the ship Leela's cabin is on, but assuming
it's the same room as before, it must now be on the port side.
The question of whose picture Leela has by her bed still has
to be answered, though!
- Either Fry and Bender like to spend their off-hours in the
engine room, or there must be a way up to the other decks aft
of the cargo bay. Fry enters through the rear door to start his
shift, and Bender exits the same way.
- The hinges on the rear sections of the ventral cargo doors
are visible. (Pay attention, there may be a test in an upcoming
- The ship has a small room housing emergency supplies (mainly
consisting of a clown's outfit).
Your Head On My Shoulders (2ACV07)
Only a brief showing for OFS this week -- though didn't the cargo
elevator seem a bit on the small side?
Not even the tiniest glimpse of OFS this week!
A Bicyclops Built For Two (2ACV09)
- There's an emergency cargo jettison control on the pilot's
- The hinge mechanism that allows the forward landing leg to
open up is situated inside the main airlock. Watch those
- Amy is now the ship's backup pilot when Leela's otherwise
occupied. Hopefully she's been working on her parallel parking...
- The entire ventral door assembly can now apparently slide
backwards into the space occupied by the aft landing legs. Are
we to believe this is some magical ventral door assembly?
A Clone Of My Own (2ACV10)
- The convenience drive is fast enough to allow intergalactic
travel in a matter of hours.
- Afterburners on the engines increase their efficiency by
- The smelloscope can be mounted in the laser turret, with
a periscope affair connecting it to the bridge.
- The engines work by keeping the ship still and moving the
universe around them. [Does this unique drive mean that the PE
ship is the 'fastest hunk o' junk in the galaxy'?]
- There's an access panel in the floor of the bridge that allows
access to the inner workings of the engines. [Maybe it should
be called a 'Groening Tube'.]
- The engine room now has portholes. On both sides. At least
three of them. With a door on the port side that would lead out
into space. To coin a phrase, "That's impossible."
Additionally, one of the starboard portholes has a ladder leading
up to it (uh, why?) and the 'left' and 'right' (ie, port and
starboard) engines have been swapped around since 2ACV02, so
the 'right' engine is on the left side of the ship!
- The door to the bridge has usually (though not always) been
a single sliding unit in the past -- now it's a Star Trek-style
double door that opens (seamlessly) in the middle.
How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back (2ACV11)
- The previously-hypothesized autopilot is mentioned (but not
seen). It's apparently an AI, and likes to engage Bender in drinking
The Deep South (2ACV12)
- The cargo elevator has a folding loading ramp at the rear.
- The dome on the turret hinges open to act as another airlock.
- There's a winch with an unbreakable diamond filament line
on the upper hull.
- The ship's hull can (more or less) withstand the external
pressure at a depth of three miles below the ocean surface.
- There's a toilet immediately aft of the bridge, to starboard.
- This is the episode of the redundant ladders -- there's one
in the cubicle opposite the airlock that leads upwards (to where?
If it's the turret there must be a long crawl forward to reach
it) and, more bizarrely, one in Fry and Bender's cabin that couldn't
possibly go anywhere!
- The double doors in the mess are hinged rather than sliding.
- The ship can be fitted with an auxiliary underwater propulsion
system (ie, a big paper-mache tail).
- Several shots where the Planet Express logo on the ship's
tailfin doesn't appear to have had any perspective correction
applied to it.
- The main gun vanishes from the turret when the ship gets
- The dome on the turret switches between being squat and tall.
- The engines shrink drastically in size in the first shot
of the ship grounded underwater.
- This week, the door in the bridge opens upwards.
- The mess gets a biiiiiiiig rectangular porthole on the port
side for one shot.
- When Fry leaves the ship to meet Umbriel, the airlock door
opens inwards instead of outwards, as seen in 1ACV09. This is
repeated later when the crew returns to the ship.
- The galley has the ladder leading up to the bridge -- but
the bridge doesn't seem to have the ladder leading down.
Bender Gets Made (2ACV13)
- The ladder to the galley makes its triumphant return to the
- The ship's steering wheel was made by the Turnmaster company.
- The ship's dorsal fin appears to be used to store dark matter
fuel, with a (rather exposed) external fuel line.
- That ladder to nowhere is still in Fry and Bender's cabin!
- The access to the turret appears to be directly behind the
bridge, to judge from the route of Fry's strings, which doesn't
match with its position on the exterior.
- When Fry drops down the ladder from the turret (which has
never been visible before), again it suggests that the turret
is almost immediately behind the bridge -- which it isn't!
- Leela's chair vanishes in the shot just after she kicks Fry
in the head.
- If Fry and Bender's cabin is on the starboard side of the
ship, which 2ACV12 strongly suggested it is, then Bender enters
it from the back of the ship when he goes to beat 'himself'
- Fry's Mars U pennant loses its lettering.
- The third bridge chair is already in position for Bender
to sit in when he sneaks back onto the bridge.
Mother's Day (2ACV14)
- The autopilot can not only control the ship in flight --
it can take off and land the ship by itself, and even act under
its own volition!
The Problem With Popplers (2ACV15)
- The rear section of the cargo elevator can be used as a bomb
- The ship has a towbar that can be used to haul a trailer
-- or, as seen in 3ACV05, a supertanker.
- Our special guest this week is... the ladder to the galley
from the bridge!
- That is, until the shot after Leela crashes through the billboard...
Of Interest (2ACV16)
End of the season, but a no-show for the ship. Got to wait for
next year, now!
Is The H-Word (2ACV17)
Did we see the ship this week? Not enough to count!
The ship did a lot of flying to and fro across Earth, but with
nothing special to report.
The Cryonic Woman (2ACV19)
- Fry knows how to fly the ship! That's a terrifying thought
-- as this episode proves!
- The bridge has a handy escape chute, which doubles as a way
to get rid of sacked crew members mid-flight.
- There seems to be a distinct absence of chairs on the bridge
in the scenes of Fry and Bender playing with the toy ship! (I
now own one of those!)
Amazon Women In The Mood (3ACV01)
- Fry's piloting skills haven't improved much since 2ACV19!
Parasites Lost (3ACV02)
- The ship's filler cap and dipstick are located in the forward
landing leg. Though why Leela's paying for fuel when she could
just get Nibbler to poop it out for free is a mystery...
- When the Professor's describing the net suits to the microdroids
of the crew, the Planet Express logo on the ship is totally out
of perspective with regards to the rest of the ship.
- Hey, look what's back by popular demand! When the crew emerges
from the ship after landing at the worm capitol building, the
port airlock (and ladder) returns!
Luck Of The Fryrish (3ACV04)
Nothing new worthy of note on the ship front this week...
The Birdbot Of Ice-catraz (3ACV05)
- The ship is powerful enough to tow a massive supertanker,
although its speed is considerably reduced.
- Amongst its other recreational facilities, the ship has a
ping-pong table -- or, when Bender's in command, a 'captain's
- The bridge door opens sideways this week.
- Fry is (gradually) improving his piloting skills. At least
he should now know the difference between forward and reverse...
- On the other hand, Bender's skills as a pilot haven't got
any better since 2ACV19!
- Hey hey! In the "restocked with emergency jam"
shot, the port airlock and ladder are back!
- The pilot's chair seems to have changed shape.
Bendless Love (3ACV06)
- L-units are vital parts of any spacecraft -- without them,
interplanetary travel is impossible. The ship has at least one
- The occasionally mentioned, but until now never seen, autopilot
not only appeared, but even got a line!
The Day The Earth Stood Stupid (3ACV07)
- Okay, so assuming that the big round-rect on the wall of
Leela's cabin really is a mirror, as retconned by 2ACV06...
what the hell was it reflecting in the final scene?
That's Lobstertainment! (3ACV08)
- The ship is capable of surviving long-term immersion in hot
tar -- but it leaks! (Not a good design feature for a pressure
The Cyber House Rules (3ACV09)
- There's a small access panel high up on the port side of
the ship, between and above the bridge window and the first porthole.
In The Mainframe (3ACV11)
Not much in the way of hot starship action this week.
In The Wind (3ACV13)
Nothing shipworthy to report.
Time Keeps On Slippin' (3ACV14)
- A gravity pump powerful enough to move G-type stars around
can be attached to the ship's upper hull, covering the gun turret.
- Main power is provided by a core reactor.
- There's a special crane to bring the doomsday device up into
the hold (the Professor obviously plans ahead...)
- The 'torpedo tubes' on the ship's bow can be used as airlocks
- When Fry takes the ship away from the nebula, the sound of
the Millennium Falcon's engines has been subtly mixed into its
own usual sound effect.
- Fry's piloting skills have improved to the point where he
can not only fly the ship, but haul stars around with the gravity
pump as well.
- The bridge door opens sideways when Bubblegum walks out but
upwards after Bender delivers the doomsday device, then sideways
again when he comes back with Leela.
- When Bender leaves the ship to deliver the doomsday device,
he leaves by the starboard 'torpedo tube', but in the next shot
he's shown with a tether leading to a third tube above the landing
- In the same shot, the ship only has three portholes.
- When Leela and Bender leave to let Fry fly the ship away
from the nebula, they both go to starboard -- into the toilet!
(Maybe the Leela/Bender slash contingent -- they do exist,
scarily -- are right after all!)
I Dated A Robot (3ACV15)
- The ship can reach the edge of the universe (about 12 billion
light years away according to current theory, give or take a
billion LY) in less than 45 minutes. So how come it took four
days to make a round trip to the Poppler planet?
A Tale Of Two Santas (3ACV03)
- The ship doesn't have enough power to lift off when being
held down by Santa. (How much must he *weigh*?)
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A minimal showing for OFS in this episode. To compensate, it
was Amy's biggest show since 2ACV07!
A Pharoah To Remember (3ACV17)
- There's a bolt on the port side of the main landing leg that
can be tightened either by a spanner or by a surly robot.
- Palm trees, gravity pumps, now enormous sandstone blocks
-- is there nothing this ship can't strap onto its roofrack?
Anthology Of Interest II (3ACV18)
- Leela can control some of the ship's functions (like the
landing gear) from her wrist-thing, with enough precision to
smush cute witches.
- So the front landing leg retracts all the way to the cargo
bay, does it? And the hatch retracts the wrong way, too. (Okay,
so it is in a dream!)
Roswell That Ends Well (3ACV19)
- The galley has a microwave oven, which should speed up Bender's
- The bridge has a high-precision digital chronograph.
- Wow -- the ship's 'torpedo tubes' were actually used *as*
torpedo tubes this week! This means that as well as the main
gun, the ship must have a stock of torpedoes stashed away somewhere.
Somewhere easily accessible, since somebody had time to scrawl
some grafitti on one!
- The hull can easily withstand bullet hits and tank shells
-- 20th Century ones, anyway.
- The high-precision digital chronograph is on the back wall
of the bridge... except when it's at Bender's station.
- The weapons systems can be controlled from the bridge, using
a console that looks suspiciously like an arcade machine cabinet.
- The ship has an absolute maximum speed that it can't exceed.
- There are four torpedo tubes [see below].
- The torpedo loading room fits -- just! -- in the space directly
above the main landing leg.
- Space torpedoes have propellers...
- They do it to me on purpose! Damn you, David X Cohen -- I
know you're reading this! Four torpedo tubes on the inside, and
only two on the outside? To quote Tom Servo, "The hell?"
- If the ship was at maximum speed, and Bender was going even
faster than that, wouldn't he have reached the edge of the universe
in under 45 minutes? (See 3ACV14)
"Oh my God, I was wrong, it was Earth all along!" Yes,
despite the title, the ship didn't embark upon any extraplanetary
journeys this week.
Love And Rocket (4ACV03)
- The ship's AI has terminals all over the ship, and it has
control over every function, from life support to the doors.
- Pre-refit, the AI is a conservative prude.
- The Professor finally gets around to installing a cage for
the ship's lion, in the ceiling of the bridge.
- The ship's radio has four presets.
- The new AI has a voice that can be switched from male to
- The ship weighs 400 tons (although Bender could be being
- There's a filler cap on the starboard fin.
- Massive asteroids cause less damage to the ship's windscreen
than a flying bender unit (see 3ACV19).
- The ship has shields! Well, there had to be a reason it could
take so much punishment...
- The ship can use scramjets for extra speed.
- Omicronian missiles are capable of inflicting impressive,
but luckily not permanent, cosmetic damage.
- Damage readouts are delivered on IBM punch-cards.
- Fry keeps a sword and what looks like a Roman gladiator's
outfit in his cabin.
- There's a fire-control system on the bridge, just behind
the lion cage.
- Emergency oxygen packs are kept in lockers on the bridge.
- There's a shower in the ship's bathroom.
- AIs can't lip-read.
- The computer system uses vacuum tubes.
- Computer functions are controlled from an oddly-familiar
- The AI's brain uses a carbonated logic matrix, with a whopping
- There's an emergency engine stop button in the brain room.
- The intense gravitational pull and lethal radiation of a
quasar at close range affect the ship and its crew not one whit.
Those shields do a cracking job!
- Yes, I know it's kind of vital to the plot, but... where
did all those HAL-style computer terminals come from? ;)
- And the radio, for that matter!
- The bridge seems a very odd place to have the dark matter
reactor, repaired or not!
- The mystery ladder in the engine room is back, although it
could conceivably lead into one of the lower fins...
- ...but those portholes definitely shouldn't be there! (They
do it deliberately to annoy me -- have you heard the audio
commentary on the DVDs?)
- When Bender's talking about the ship's 400-ton booty, the
stars through the porthole (which shouldn't even be there!)
show that the ship is going backwards!
- Nice bit of CG when the ship is tumbling out of control...
but the shadows on the hull don't move!
- The magic ladder in Fry and Bender's cabin is still there,
and Fry's Mars U pendant obviously had its letters leached off
in the wash.
- Leela says she's "halfway there" in disabling the
carbonated logic matrix when there are 10 cans remaining, but
other shots show no more than 12 cans. Mind you, she's not even
halfway there a few shots later, so maybe it's that ol' depth-perception
thing playing up again.
- Bender's off into the toilet again at the end of the episode.
Does he read the paper in there or something?
- When the ship dumps the Conversation Hearts, the 'bomb bay'
section of the cargo doors has got bigger than the cargo elevator
-- normally it's a lot smaller (as seen in every other CG shot
of the ship this episode).
(Phew, big one!)
Where No Fan Has Gone Before (4ACV11)
- Main engine fallen off? (Boy, Amy and the Professor are going
to be mad when they have to repair that!) No problem, just stick
the engine nacelles from another starship onto the hull and things
will work just fine.
- There's a big flatscreen monitor in the hold (maybe it's
an upgrade for the phone in 'My Three Suns').
- The ship has 'Jefferies tubes' that give access to various
- Technobabble and simple analogies work just as well on the
PE ship as they do on the Enterprise.
- This must be the most severe pounding the ship has taken
in a single episode -- cracked hull, crushed fins and a smashed
engine, all of which actually stops the ship working for once!
- Portholes inside the cargo bay? But only on one side of the
- And since we see the cargo ramp *behind* the crew later on,
this means the moving stars visible through the portholes show
the ship's going backwards!
- The ladder to the galley disappears in several shots.
- Now that we finally know that the 'torpedo tubes' are, indeed,
torpedo tubes, how come they've magically turned into phasers?
(I would pick about the beams diverging as they're fired but
converging on a single spot, but blame Star Trek for that!)
- The rails on the external ladder are grey (as usual) in the
CGI shots, but yellow when George Takai is welding on the new